Monday, 14 December 2009

Police Given ‘Words of Advice’…

..presumably, they were ‘Better consult Mystic Meg next time you go to arrest someone’:
The family of a man who killed himself by jumping from his 12th floor flat to avoid arrest said his death could have been prevented.
By not arresting him, perhaps?

Can’t see that one going down too well…
The grandfather, was due to be arrested by police after an alleged assault on his ex-partner’s new boyfriend the previous day.

Speaking after an inquest jury had reached a verdict of suicide at Chelmsford’s County Hall, Mr Stenning’s brother, Michael, said: “I do think his death could have been prevented and the police over-reacted. There was more good than bad in my brother.

“I think it should have been an open verdict. I am not condoning what he did, but it went wrong from the minute the police went through the front door.”
Well, actually, I think it went wrong when he allegedly assaulted the new boyfriend, to be accurate…
Following his death, Essex Police’s Professional Standards department launched an investigation, and as a result, the two officers involved were given “words of advice” .

Coroner, Caroline Beasley-Murray, said she would write to police informing them not all the information and intelligence on Mr Stenning was available to the arresting officers when it should have been.
Information such as ‘Better be under the window with a large net when the entry is made’..?

7 comments:

Hogday said...

JuliaM, your final, short sentence was what I almost posted as my comment. I fear that you are correct and arrest warrant teams may well find themselves being told to train up in the big `inflatable cushion`. The covert approach will be interesting to watch. The `blame-shift` culture strikes again.

TheBigYin said...

I blame the police myself. When it comes to 'health and safety' they only think of themselves but think nothing about the poor criminals health and safety. Injured (or dead) crims should sue the police..er..us, for lack of due care.

Well, I've not quite woke up yet.

Ross said...

"By not arresting him, perhaps?"

No, by making it compulsory for trampolines to be placed outside of tall buildings, so any potential suicides are saved.

Pogo said...

It might not completely stop suicides, but it would make them much more drawn-out and fantastic entertainment for the passers-by.

von Spreuth. said...

Aye. He bounced sixteen times before he finaly missed the trampoline and died. Witnesses say it was like watching a suicidal kangaroo.

Hogday said...

Von S: Yes,I know, I know, or `the police had to throw him out 16 times before he finally hit the cushion` ;)

JuliaM said...

"JuliaM, your final, short sentence was what I almost posted as my comment. I fear that you are correct..."

There's probably already a 'focus group' or 'study' revving up at HQ right now to look into the logistics, isn't there?

"It might not completely stop suicides, but it would make them much more drawn-out and fantastic entertainment for the passers-by."

It'd frustrate all those lookie-loos who gather shouting 'Jump', won''t it? Perhaps they can hold up score cards as in the Olympics?

"...or `the police had to throw him out 16 times before he finally hit the cushion`"

ROFL!